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09/16/08 9:09 PM ET
Workhorse Young nursing wrist injury
Drew back in D-backs lineup; Salazar starts in center field
By Mike Ritter / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- D-backs center fielder Chris Young was out of the lineup Tuesday night after he injured his left wrist on a swing Monday. Known somewhat for being the team's iron man, Young was about due for a day off anyway. He has appeared in all but one of the D-backs' games this season. Young was also held out of batting practice Tuesday. D-backs manager Bob Melvin was hopeful the injury wouldn't keep Young out for an extended period of time. "Hopefully it won't inhibit him from playing [Wednesday]," Melvin said before Tuesday's game. "It was about time for him to get another day off regardless. He's been out there a lot this year, more than anybody we've had as far as the numbers go. I was thinking about leaving him out one of these games anyway, and with him tweaking his wrist a little bit last night, it made sense to do it today." In 583 at-bats this season, Young is hitting .245 with 19 homers and 75 RBIs. Young hit leadoff in Monday night's game in place of Stephen Drew, who returned Tuesday after spending two days in Georgia to attend his grandmother's funeral. Conor Jackson remained out of the lineup with a sore right rotator cuff. Taking Young's place was Jeff Salazar, hitting second. Salazar has just one start at center all year, but it is his natural position.
Mike Ritter is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.